The Starr Collection of Portrait Miniatures, 1500–1850 : The Collections of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Volume 2: British part 1: Tudor (1485–1603), Stuart (1603–1714), and Georgian (1714–1837; artists’ last names A-E)

Contributors:  By Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, with Blythe Sobol and Maggie Keenan

Comprising nearly three hundred objects, The Starr Collection of Portrait Miniatures, 1500–1850 is divided by culture and era into four volumes plus a supplement.

This second volume features miniatures by British artists from the Tudor (1485–1603), Stuart (1603–1714), and Georgian eras (1714–1837), with last names A through E. Highlights include the Portrait of George Clifford, Third Earl of Cumberland, ca. 1587 by Nicholas Hilliard; Samuel Cooper’s Portrait of Dorothy Spencer, Countess of Sunderland, 1653; Richard Cosway’s Portrait of William Courtenay, 3rd Viscount Courtenay and later 9th Earl of Devon, 1795 and a Portrait of a Woman, Probably Mary Andalusia Thellusson, Lady Rendlesham, painted in 1811 by George Engleheart.

The other three volumes and supplement are:

Volume 1: Continental and American, which contains the Foreword, Preface, Notes to the Reader, Continental 1600–1899, American 1700–1899, Eye Miniatures, and Decorative Miniatures

Volume 3: British part 2: Georgian (1714–1837; artists’ last names F–Z)

Volume 4: The World of John Smart (English, 1741–1811), which also includes all artists’ biographies and glossary terms

Supplement: Starr Miniatures in Other Collections

For a full list of the contents of each volume, see the series contents page. The catalogue will be published every six months beginning in early 2024, with object entries, introductory essays, and biographies added in their associated volume.

doi: 10.37764/8322.2